Breeze beckons Carnival enthusiasts

Artist rendering courtesy Carnival - The 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze, a sister-ship to the recently-launched Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic, will debut in Europe in June 2012. She will feature an expansive pool deck, contemporary furnishings and tropical décor in staterooms.

By Michael Coleman

Carnival has launched “Carnival Breeze Life’’, a campaign to inspire potential passengers to celebrate a Caribbean island mindset year-round in anticipation of the debut of their new tropical-infused ship.

Carnival Breeze, a 3,690-passenger vessel, sets sails in Europe in June, 2012. After a summer in Europe she will then sail year-round from Miami beginning November 24, 2012, offering port-intensive six- and eight-day cruises that showcase the best the Caribbean has to offer.

By visiting the new Carnival Breeze tab on the company’s Facebook page ( HYPERLINK “http://www.facebook.com/carnival” www.facebook.com/carnival), potential passengers can enjoy an engaging social experience with exclusive opportunities, videos and giveaways — all while learning more about the new 130,000-ton ship. The tab includes a “Meet the Carnival Breeze” area with detailed renderings offering a sneak peek at the ship’s public spaces.

Just as Carnival Breeze is designed to provide guests with the breezy feeling of the tropics, the campaign encourages potential passengers to infuse the Caribbean spirit into their everyday lives.  By visiting the Carnival Breeze tab on the company’s Facebook page, fans can declare “I Will Live the Carnival Breeze Life” to join the movement. For each person who joins, Carnival will donate $1, up to $20,000 total, to its charitable partner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premiere centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other childhood diseases.

“As we gear up for the introduction of our tropical-inspired Carnival Breeze, we encourage Carnival fans to celebrate the spirit of the Caribbean in their everyday lives,” said Jim Berra, chief marketing officer for Carnival Cruise Lines. “Whether it’s donning flip-flops to a business meeting or adding a drink umbrella to your morning orange juice, we invite visitors to regularly explore all the fun, interactive experiences and videos about Carnival Breeze and island life on our Facebook page.’’

The ship will feature a number of open areas to highlight the sun, sea and sky complemented by colorful interiors and public spaces that take their cues from the region’s cool island breezes and warm tropical sunsets.

Through dramatic artist renderings, fans can also get a first look at Carnival Breeze’s design on Facebook and at HYPERLINK “http://www.carnivalbreeze.com/” www.carnivalbreeze.com. From the sun-splashed ambiance of the Lido Marketplace restaurant and a palm tree-lined indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza to the Lanai outdoor wraparound promenade with sweeping ocean views and the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub, ship designers seek to bring the Caribbean ambience inside. The breezy tropical surroundings will even extend to the ship’s staterooms which incorporate a palette of pastel hues.

Potential passengers are also encouraged to turn to the Carnival Breeze Facebook tab where each Thursday from 3-4 pm EDT the company will feature an hour-long Carnival Breeze Break. During these weekly sessions Carnival fans can chat with each other and the Carnival team to share their tips and stories of Caribbean fun plus receive giveaways — from island-inspired food and drink recipes to Carnival Breeze desktop wallpaper and more.

The new Facebook tab also features an exclusive photo gallery where Carnival fans can showcase how they are inspired to live in the spirit of the Carnival Breeze. Here, visitors will also find tips to Live the Carnival Breeze Life plus enjoy a comedic Web series featuring “Mr. Breezie,” a character who is transformed by the Carnival Breeze lifestyle.

Visitors to the ship’s website will also find a “How It’s Made” section featuring a construction timeline with images and videos of the shipbuilding progress.  The site also offers a countdown clock for the ship’s U.S. arrival, consumer testimonials, port-of-call and itinerary offerings, and information on the many dining, activity and entertainment choices available.

On the web: http://www.carnival.com” .

The Magic of Carnival cruise ship construction

The 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic will debut in May 2011. Carnival has created a fascinating interactive website detailing the step-by-step “How It’s Made’’ construction process for its largest-ever super liner. Image courtesy Carnival Cruise Lines

By Michael Coleman

Have you ever wondered how – even with the most-amazing of latest technologies – a modern-day cruise ship is constructed?

It’s an enormous undertaking even for the world’s most popular cruise line.

With less than seven months until its maiden voyage, the new Carnival Magic reached another construction milestone when it was “floated out” earlier this week from her outfitting quay at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

The initial stages of a cruise ship’s construction take place in a dry dock facility. Once exterior outfitting is completed, the dry dock is flooded with water and the ship is “floated out” and moved to a wet dock facility where construction continues.

Carnival has removed the veil on the entire construction process by providing both exclusive images and video of the Carnival Magic’s construction at an amazing interactive website. Just click the “How It’s Made” icon at the top of the page for a rare look into the fascinating process of cruise ship construction.

The ship’s next major milestone — sea trials in the Adriatic Sea — is slated for early next year in anticipation of Magic’s May 1, 2011 European debut.

The most innovative “Fun Ship” in Carnival’s fleet to date, Magic will offer a host of new facilities and features including the RedFrog Pub, a Caribbean-inspired watering hole with its own private label beer; Cucina del Capitano, an Italian family-style restaurant that brings the heritage of Carnival’s captains to the table; and SportsSquare, an expansive sports complex featuring the first-ever ropes course and outdoor fitness area at sea.

Other innovations include Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, a Serenity adults-only retreat, The Lanai, a wrap-around promenade with whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides and what the line bills as a “stunning’’ indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza.

The ship is slated to debut with a nine-day cruise from Venice to Barcelona May 1-10, 2011, followed by a series of seven-to 12-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, Carnival’s first-ever departures from the Spanish port. Following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Magic will launch seven-day Caribbean service from Galveston Nov. 14, 2011, becoming the largest cruise ship ever based in Texas year-round.

On the web: carnival.com